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(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.

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November 20th

Check out our kids’ Cowboy poetry contest. Not only will winners get cash prizes but their schools will too! PLUS winners will read their poems out loud at Cowboy True in March. Open to ALL KIDS ages 4 -18.

See the website for contest details and link to entry application.

ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True

#cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts #artseducation
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November 19th

More AWESOME activities happening through our Distance Learning program with Region 9. Thanks for joining us, SeymourISD!

#kemp #artseducation #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls
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November 19th

Welcome to Chris Mayfield as our new Art In Transition instructor! This program is expanding into a second location in the Wichita County Jail system, allowing us to work with both male and female inmates.

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation
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November 15th

Winter weather already working on your nerves? Cold wind making you want to scream? Us too! Join us this Saturday morning for the next Studio Saturday and we’ll learn about the iconic Edward Munch painting commonly known as “The Scream”.

FREE to the public, bring kids of all ages.

The Kemp @ 1300 Lamar Street

ArtsCouncilWF.org/studio-saturdays

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation
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November 20th

Check out our kids’ Cowboy poetry contest. Not only will winners get cash prizes but their schools will too! PLUS winners will read their poems out loud at Cowboy True in March. Open to ALL KIDS ages 4 -18.

See the website for contest details and link to entry application.

ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True

#cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts #artseducation
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November 19th

Welcome to Chris Mayfield as our new Art In Transition instructor! This program is expanding into a second location in the Wichita County Jail system, allowing us to work with both male and female inmates. ⠀⠀

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation
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November 15th

Winter weather already working on your nerves? Cold wind making you want to scream? Us too! Join us this Saturday morning for the next Studio Saturday and we’ll learn about the iconic Edward Munch painting commonly known as “The Scream”.

FREE to the public, bring kids of all ages.

The Kemp @ 1300 Lamar Street

ArtsCouncilWF.org/studio-saturdays

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation
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November 15th

The Arts Council continues to add programming and facility upgrades to improve our environmental footprint and help members of our community do the same. Check out our website for updates on these programs. ArtsCouncilWF.org/Sustainability #artsalive #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #artseducation ... See MoreSee Less

November 14th

We have a BUNCH of art classes for adults and kids. This weekend: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry with Kelly Land. Make a unique holiday gift and learn some new skills... all with personal one-on-one guidance by our expert teachers!

ArtsCouncilWF.org/education

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation
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November 15th

The Arts Council continues to add programming and facility upgrades to improve our environmental footprint and help members of our community do the same. Check out our website for updates on these programs. ArtsCouncilWF.org/Sustainability #artsalive #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #artseducation https://ift.tt/2q7YJOJ ... See MoreSee Less

November 9th

Wondering about stuff? Got some questions? Wanna know what’s going on? Stop by The Kemp Monday evening for a chat with Arts Council WF CEO Carol Sales. She’ll give you the inside track on all the goings on at The Arts Council. Programs, rentals, events- you have questions, we’ll have answers. #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation #artsalive #cowboytrue https://ift.tt/33yqBKe ... See MoreSee Less

August 29th

We celebrated Nancy’s 65th birthday today! If you see her, wish her happy birthday! #specialbirthdays #kemp #forum #cowboytrue #artsalive #artscouncilwf #wichitafallsarts #wichitafalls https://ift.tt/2MLeFA5 ... See MoreSee Less

August 9th

Join us tomorrow at Project Back to School! 9-12pm at the MPEC #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #artsalive #projectbacktoschool @projectbacktoschool https://ift.tt/2YEdkkG ... See MoreSee Less

November 20th

Check out our kids’ Cowboy poetry contest. Not only will winners get cash prizes but their schools will too! PLUS winners will read their poems out loud at Cowboy True in March. Open to ALL KIDS ages 4 -18.

See the website for contest details and link to entry application.

ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True

#cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts #artseducation
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November 12th

This month the Maplewood Laser Dental Clinic entryway is showcasing the poetry from the 2019 Cowboy True Kids’ Poetry Contest. We’re very proud to feature lots of different types of artwork in this venue throughout the year. Thanks for supporting local arts, MLDC!Make sure to check out the Cowboy True Poetry Contest student entrees in our lobby.

The Kemp Center for the Arts always puts the coolest collections out!
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November 11th

COWBOY ARTISTS! Cowboy True CALL FOR ENTRIES 2020 is now open. Go online for details and to download the application forms. Categories are: bits, boots, buckles, cowboy cartoons, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, saddles, sculpture, spurs, trappings/gear, and woodworking. Artists can enter up to two categories. No application fees. ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True ⠀⠀ #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafallsarts #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #cowboytrue ... See MoreSee Less

November 9th

Wondering about stuff? Got some questions? Wanna know what’s going on? Stop by The Kemp Monday evening for a chat with Arts Council WF CEO Carol Sales. She’ll give you the inside track on all the goings on at The Arts Council. Programs, rentals, events- you have questions, we’ll have answers. #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation #artsalive #cowboytrue ... See MoreSee Less

November 1st

Cowboy True is very proud to be partnering with Texas Folk Life In 2020. Their mission is to sustain and revitalize traditional folk arts in Texas, including the cowboy arts!

Check out their Apprenticeship Program, which provides funding to working master craftsmen to support training apprentices, keeping working folk art traditions alive. Deadline for this year is November 19. See their website for details: TexasFolkLife.org

And don’t forget, Cowboy True applications open this weekend. See our website for details: ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True

#cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #texasfolklife #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts

Texas Folklife
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